Football News: Euro 2024, Champions League, and World Cup Updates

In a disappointing result for England, Gareth Southgate’s side could only manage a 1-1 draw against Denmark in their second Euro 2024 group-stage match on Thursday evening. The Three Lions took an early lead through a goal from Harry Kane, but Morten Hjulmand’s long-range strike canceled out the advantage.

The performance was marred by the struggles of Trent Alexander-Arnold, who started in central midfield for the second consecutive game. The Liverpool defender, who is primarily known for his defensive duties, was taken off after just 53 minutes – the quickest substitution Southgate has made in a tournament fixture.

“Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane criticized Alexander-Arnold’s display, stating that he is not suited for a role in the middle of the pitch. Keane also blamed Southgate for ‘throwing him in the middle of the park,’ suggesting that it was a ‘huge gamble’ against teams England should have been comfortable facing.”

Southgate, in his defense, cited the absence of Kalvin Phillips as a key factor in his team’s struggles. The England boss acknowledged that they do not have a “natural replacement” for the midfielder, who has fallen out of form during a loan spell at West Ham. Phillips had been a key player for the Three Lions at Euro 2020, where he formed a strong partnership with Declan Rice.

The lack of depth in central midfield has been a concern for Southgate, despite the wealth of talent at his disposal. Young prospects like Kobbie Mainoo and Adam Wharton were left unused against the Danes, leaving fans and pundits questioning the manager’s tactics and team selection.

As the attention turns to the upcoming Champions League and FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year, England will need to address these issues quickly if they are to mount a serious challenge for the European and global titles.

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